here i am, pregnant with a baby boy who is not expected to survive. the medical community considers his condition "not compatible with life" and allows for him to be easily and quietly discarded. for this little boy will never say a first word or take a first step. he will never throw a baseball or pick on his big sister. he won't grow up to be a doctor. and he won't ever get married or have children. these things are how the world defines a life.
i am so, so thankful that this is not how God defines a life!
when we learned of jonathan's prognosis, suddenly i became very aware that he would be considered a waste by many. my heart's desire became that jonathan's life would mean something, anything. i am so thankful that God knows the deepest desires of my heart and that it pleases Him to answer them. greg and i are completely humbled and honored that jonathan's life is already showing to hold more purpose and meaning in just a short amount of time...than what some people (including me) are able to accomplish in a lifetime.
greg and i have been so blessed by our friends, who are putting together a Celebration of Life honoring jonathan on august 28th. this celebration will benefit two organizations, the children's advocacy center and heart of the bride ministries, both in niceville. the children's advocacy center works to prevent child abuse, protect children and to restore lives of children affected by abuse here in our county. the heart of the bride works with and provides for orphans in several third-world countries. most of these children have suffered greatly and have never experienced the loving care of a mommy and daddy, like we had hoped to provide for jonathan.
we are hoping that all of our friends, family, and prayer partners will come celebrate with us! please consider donating in jonathan's name if you aren't able to make it and want to do something for him.
~Come and celebrate the life of Jonathan Tomaschko~
Friday, August 28, 2009
Rocky Bayou Baptist Church
If you would like to honor Jonathan’s life in a tangible manner,
Greg and Lauren have asked for you to consider the following:
• A monetary donation to Heart of the Bride
• A gift to Heart of the Bride orphans*
• A gift to the Children’s Advocacy Center
• Words of encouragement, scripture or prayer for a keepsake box.
Cards will be available for you on the 28th.
Representatives from both HOB and the CAC will be at
the celebration to collect tangible gifts.
We ask that your gifts be brought unwrapped.
Labels designating HOB or CAC will be available on the 28th.
General gift suggestions for HOB or CAC include:
new or gently used clothing for ages 0-2,
blankets, board books, diapers (cloth or disposable),
sweaters and coats for 0-2.
*Gift registries have been established at Walmart and Target.
Both registries can be found under the name “Heart of the Bride Tomaschko.”
This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous to see. ~Psalm 118:23
You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior. ~Psalm 65:5